Macroeconomic Fluctuations and the Timing of Labour Market Reforms

14 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2003

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Gilles Saint-Paul

University of Toulouse I - GREMAQ-IDEI; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 2002

Abstract

In this Paper, I analyse the pros and cons of implementing structural reforms of the labour market in booms versus recessions, in light of considerations of social efficiency, political viability, and macroeconomic fine-tuning. While the optimal timing of a reform depends on the relative importance of several conflicting effects, it seems clear that a reform should be accompanied by an expansionary macroeconomic policy. This makes structural reform more problematic in the context of the European Monetary Union.

Keywords: Labour market reforms, unemployment, employment protection, monetary union, firing costs, political economy

JEL Classification: E32, E52, E61, J60

Suggested Citation

Saint-Paul, Gilles, Macroeconomic Fluctuations and the Timing of Labour Market Reforms (November 2002). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3646. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=363284

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